Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 14 – Anti Patterns

Meeting with Zhamak at Big Data London On 21st Sept 2022 I attended the first day of the Big Data London (BDL) conference held at the London Olympia. My main reason for travelling to the conference was simple, to see and speak with Zhamak Dehghani. In short, objective achieved, including clearing the air from those … Continue reading Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 14 – Anti Patterns

Visio Stencils – For the Azure Solution Architect

I feel like I've mentioned this collateral to loads of people, but only recently releaised that I've never actually blogged about it! So, just a quick post to help anyone that likes Visio and drawing pictures. In short, my brains works best with pictures. I like drawing architecture diagrams and can represent almost anything visually … Continue reading Visio Stencils – For the Azure Solution Architect

Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 13 – How To Organise Data Domains In Practice

Should Data Domains Be More Than a Simple Structure? Spoiler alert... Yes... Based on my experience. Read all blog posts in the Data Mesh vs Azure series via this link. Context Defining an organisation hierarchy is always hard, even more so for large enterprises with massive amounts of interlock between business functions. In the context … Continue reading Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 13 – How To Organise Data Domains In Practice

Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 12 – Where to Start?

Creating a Data Mesh - First Steps and Delivery Roadmap Read all blog posts in the Data Mesh vs Azure series via this link. Background A common question I get asked a lot when creating a data mesh architecture is where to start? The consultant in me defaults the answer to 'it depends', of course … Continue reading Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 12 – Where to Start?

Learning Azure Synapse Analytics – Early Release

Just a quick post friends. As you may already be aware, with my friend and now Avanade colleague Richard Swinbank (@RichardSwinbank), we are at it again. Following the success and enjoyment of collaborating on Richard's book 'Azure Data Factory by Example', previously blogged about here. We decided to engage with O'Reilly on a new project, … Continue reading Learning Azure Synapse Analytics – Early Release

Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 11 – Let’s Recap

Kasper On BI Podcast Interview Context A few weeks ago I had with pleasure of speaking with Microsoft's Kasper de Jonge (@Kjonge) as part of an interview for his own podcast 'Kasper on BI'. We started out with the following talking points, but generally let the conversation flow given our collective experience in the industry. … Continue reading Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 11 – Let’s Recap

Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 10 – What is NOT a Data Product?

Defining What Isn't a Data Product - Data Pretenders rather than data products Background In part 8 of this blog series I explored the definition of a data mesh data product. Following several comments and feedback it now seems like a good idea to also address what is not a data product. As the saying … Continue reading Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 10 – What is NOT a Data Product?

The Microsoft Intelligent Data Platform

My Thoughts Following MSBuild 2022 The MSBuild conference was excellent. The effort Microsoft put into making the experience work across time zones, in different languages and hybrid (in person/online) so very evident. My hat off to the organisers! The Data Annoucements During the keynote at MSBuild we were introduced to the Microsoft Intelligent Data Platform. … Continue reading The Microsoft Intelligent Data Platform

Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 9 – A Minimum Viable Mesh

Data Mesh Radio Interview Context Last month I joined Scott Hirleman (@DataProductScot) on the Data Mesh Radio Podcast. With no expectations we agreed on the below talking points and kicked off the recording. Scott is a great host and the conversation flowed very easily. My journey of learning about data mesh so far.Greenfield versus brownfield … Continue reading Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 9 – A Minimum Viable Mesh

Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 8 – What is a Data Product?

Defining a Data Product Use the tag Data Mesh vs Azure to follow this blog series. I was recently asked by Data Mesh Radio host Scott Hirleman and several of my customers to define a data product. After much thinking. Below is my current answer. In the context of an idealistic data mesh architecture, establishing … Continue reading Building a Data Mesh Architecture in Azure – Part 8 – What is a Data Product?